Trial set for John Jenkin accused of mother and sister murder

Scene of Millom double murder
Image caption The two women had suffered head injuries

A man is due to stand trial in October charged with the murder of his mother and sister in Cumbria.

The bodies of Alice McMeekin, 58, and Kathryn Jenkin, 20, were found at a terraced house in Newton Street, Millom, on Saturday.

John Jenkin, 23, had been due to attend a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court by video link but did not appear.

A plea and case management hearing will be held on 6 September and a provisional trial date on 28 October.

The two women had suffered head injuries. The family dog was also killed.

Mr Jenkin, of Newton Street, Millom, has also been charged with animal cruelty.

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